A Hard Day’s Night

1964 | Musical | 87 minutes | In English

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The madcap events start when the Beatles escape a horde of fans at the train station in Liverpool before boarding the train to London. They display patience and good humor as they encounter many interruptions. On the train is John McCartrney, Paul’s grandfather. In their London hotel, before their show, they feel trapped, being forced to respond to hundreds of fan mail. They also learn that John McCartney, Paul’s grandfather, was causing trouble at the casino. While waiting to perform, Ringo is asked to look after the mischievous John. Instead  John convinces Ringo to go out and experience the world. Ringo does just that. The rest of the band frantically search for him. Ringo is arrested for acting in a suspicious manner. After searching all over, Ringo is found and rescued by his fellow Beatles. The show goes on to much acclaim. A simple plot that’s tremendously enhanced by  the quick-witted antics of the Beatles and interspersed with some of their greatest songs. 

Cast
John Lennon as himself / Paul McCartney as himself / George Harrison as himself / Ringo Starr as himself / Wilfrid Brambell as John McCartney (Paul’s grandfather)
Why Stream This Film?
Film critics like Roger Ebert and Sam Kashner (Vanity Fair) called A Hard Day’s Night one of the most influential musical films and a forefather of the music video. Most people will know the music of the Beatles from CDs and videos. But seeing this film will give viewers a look at what the Beatles were like as people, their humor, optimism, and exuberance. 
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 98%
  • Metacritic Score:
Accolades
  • British Film Institute: Listed it as the 88th greatest British film in the 20th century
  • Total Film Magazine: Listed it as the 42nd greatest British film of all time
  • Academy Awards: Nominated for Best Screenplay (Alum Owen) and Best Score Adaptation (George Martin)

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Many critics attended the movie and prepared to condescend, but the movie could not be dismissed: It was joyous and original and even the early reviews acknowledged it as something special. Decades later it has not aged and is not dated; it stands outside its time, its genre and even rock. It is one of the great life-affirming landmarks of the movie.
Roger Ebert

RogerEbert.com

This is going to surprise you—it may knock you right out of your chair—but the new film with these incredible chaps, the Beatles, is a whale of a comedy. I wouldn’t believe it either, if I hadn’t seen it with my own astonished eyes. It has so much good humor going for it that it’s awfully hard to resist.
Bosley Crowther

The New York Times

A HARD DAY’S NIGHT is one of the world’s perfect films. Director Richard Lester knew just what to do with the material (written by Alun Owen) and with the stars. Lester must have worked some magic, conscious or otherwise, to bring the personality of each Beatle to the fore so distinctly.
Stephanie Zacharek

The Village Voice

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